Valencia has been a pottery land for a long time and many of these works have become authentic works of art that can be seen in museums. It’s not strange to go to an old Valencian house and find in it a shelf full of colourful decorative dishes.
That’s why I consider that ceramics is not only a craft, but also an art; and if it weren’t for people like Ana Illueca, that art would have been lost nowadays.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to go to her studio to see her work and take some pictures and also to be bitten by the pottery bug.
Seeing her working was a real joy, when someone feels passion for what they do, they are able to transmit that passion to others and she does it perfectly.
I was present at the turning and painting of some of his pieces and also in the curious vitrification process, which I had seen finished so many times and had never come to imagine how it was actually done. The time of baking, however, I missed it.
Someday I have to see the whole process.
She works in a large and tidy studio that at times serves as an exhibition room, since it is opened to the public, and in which, some weekends, they do workshops and courses. I’m already waiting for the opportunity to sign up for one!